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thankful thursday

Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Happy Thursday folks! One thing I am incredibly glad of is the speed at which the last 7 days had barrelled by.. I dropped Irish at the airport on Saturday to go off on his Euro-trip fresh faced, over packed bag in tow - no idea of the hellish hangovers that would await him. And I am incredibly happy that almost a week has passed because that means I am a week closer to him coming back {I know, I'm such a soft muppet!}. This week I am very thankful for:

Perfecting my recipe for peanut butter brownies - the gooey nutty goodness made my team at work incredibly happy this week.. which of course makes me very happy! {recipe coming soon}

iMessage: honestly, it makes it ridiculously easy to stay in contact with people.. even when they are in different countries and I'm pretty very thankful for that

I am already thankful for the weekend - I know it hasn't happened yet but I'm so excited to be heading down to the new forest to catch up with all my friends

Bo. Bon Burnham is a hilarious man. See!

Over the last few weeks  the news has brought us lot of sad news from shot down planes, to injured babies in Palestine. It is always when I am reminded of the worst in the world that I really remember how lucky I am in the grand scheme of things. I for one to have a lot to be thankful for - the people I love are all healthy and safe and I have never known what it is to live in fear. What are you thankful for?
Love Lisette x

moo-nologues and thunderstorms

Sunday, 20 July 2014

sunday
pastrami.. my favourite kind of ami
It seems silly really, but Irish {man friend} has gone away for 2 weeks inter railing in Europe and whilst I am largely just jealous of the amazing fun he will be having.. it kinda feels like I'm missing a limb. Like earlier in the car, mumma H and I drove past a field of cows sitting down, I immediately launched myself into a moo-nologue.. a cows monologue for those not in the know.. where I impersonated a cow called Glenda and discussed the weather. Absolutely bonkers in most peoples books but it is just standard car banter for me. Now, Irish being just as mad as me would either a) have found it hilarious b) joined in c) not batted an eyelid. But the silence of my car companion just made me feel a bit lonely because I realised that whilst 2 weeks isn't a long time - I'm going to miss sharing those bonkers little moments with him. It's rare to find a kindred spirit so when you do, hold on tight.
I hope you are all enjoying the thunderous weather as much as I am!
Love Lisette x

thankful thursday

Thursday, 17 July 2014

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Happy Thursday one and all!
The sun is shining, the pollen is cranked up to 'unbearably sniffy', the sandal-socked man (who appears briefly in Britain each year) is finally en-vogue and the beer gardens are bursting at the seams with red-faced punters (a lethal combination of cider and sunburn). This Thursday it finally feels like summer, with my spirit animal being Wednesday Adams - complexion wise, rather than with homicidal tendencies - and being in an office for the better part of the day, I'm probably not making the most of it. Nonetheless it is lovely to look out at the beautiful sunshine from the meat cooler that is my office - the air conditioning doesn't do 'bearable temperature' apparently. This week I am thankful for:

Iron Sky - Paulo Nutini. At 03:20 into the song it inserts a clip of the monologue from the end of The Great Dictator (a satire of Nazi Germany released 5 years before the end of World War II) - arguably my favourite thing Charlie Chaplain ever did. A beautifully written song complimented by an incredible speech - I feel everyone should listen to this, it makes me well up a little and I don't even consider myself particularly idealistic!

The Sunshine - it's rare and fleeting in this country but I love everything it brings with it. It is acceptable to hide an unmade face under large sunglasses, it is ok to drink fruity cider in the middle of the day, it makes people smiley and the bees are out so I know they are busy making me some tasty honey!

Living in the countryside - Whilst I plan to live with my friends in London it is nice to revel in being a bit of a country bumpkin until then. On the way to work this morning I drove alongside a deer bounding through fields of wheat - it's pretty cool here in the countryside.

Kindness - I am always wow'ed when people go out of their way to do something selfless and kind for other people, just a small example: after a rubbish day at work I turned up for dinner with Irish to be greeted by peanut butter m&ms - a very thoughtful thing to do to put a smile on my face.

I'm hoping that the sunshine is putting a smile on everyones face and making them feel really thankful to be alive! What are you all thankful for?
Love Lisette x

lisette loves | palm print

Saturday, 12 July 2014

palm print
As some of you might remember I am a crazy fan of ye' old palm print.. to be more specific cheese plant print. I've got a bit of the back story here, which I went over in this post about my tatty devine earrings, it's just something I've always had around since my childhood so it just reminds me of family. This print is my catnip. My favourite topshop picks are below but please let me know if you know of any more budget friendly versions?
Love Lisette x
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thankful thursday

Thursday, 10 July 2014

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a wee throwback to my university room

Well hello there chummies.. currently sat in bed will a belly full of pecan pie.. if that's not something to be thankful for I don't know what is! It has been a week full of dreams for me, not in a mystical or hopeful sense but in a 'she trippin' way, dreaming of ghost rides and pet owls type of dreams. For most people they might be thankful, but I actually hate dreams I never feel rested after a full night of dreams but I find listening to other peoples dreams really fascinating.. so leave me your best snippets.
Without further ado.. this week I am thankful for:

having a bestie who is always looking out for me and trying to cheer me up

getting a fancy new pair of 'runners'.. which for english people is 'trainers'

lunchtime cocktails

thankful that I have parents that will always help me out, whether it's a late night pastry making session or a chat about my professional aspirations

I really cannot wait for the weekend. That is one thing to be thankful for indeed!
Love Lisette x

lisette loves | hummus

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

hummus

I am well known amongst my friends for being an absolute hummus  hound, I’ve eaten an entire pot in 15 minutes with a full baguette, some say disgusting – I say new PB. I often find shop bought dips a little lacking so I thought – upon discovering a jar of Tahini (sesame paste) lurking amongst the decade old cans of condensed milk and kidney beans – why not give  hummus  a go.
So simple:
Roast the garlic, using a blender or food processor (I used my nutribullet) whizz up 5ish (more or less depending on personal taste) cloves of roasted garlic with the chick peas and 2/3rds of the lemon juice – add the rest in based on personal preference/ how thick you want it.
Drizzle olive oil over the top and serve with parsley, and paprika – I thought a chive flower and the remaining cloves of garlic made nice finishing touches.
If you don’t have the time/ can’t be bothered to roast the garlic you could always use pressed/ finely chopped garlic, garlic puree or even garlic flakes.
Love Lisette x
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lisette loves | road trippin'

Friday, 4 July 2014

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As I’m sure many of you have realised, or will realise over the coming months – when University finishes people disperse. People who you have spent every day with for 3 years suddenly disappear from your everyday life – I personally think that’s why people get graduation blues. I am lucky that I have a really tight knit group of friends from University, and being able to drive means that a road trip to visit them is always an option.  However, if you are anything like me – notorious for getting lost – and not a particularly confident driver you will also know that road trips can be incredibly stressful. Tesco Compare asked me to be a safety and security tester for them allowing me to test drive their Garmin Nuvi over the last few months. During which I have been on trips to York, Bristol, Middlesbrough, Derby, Nottingham and Birmingham and most importantly I came out unscathed, so here's what I thought!
Pros
-  Odd thing to love but I like that all the numbers and letters are on one screen so you don’t have to keep flicking from one to the other which I have experienced with some similarly priced Sat Navs.
Lane assist & Junction view: I honestly could not cope without it, I am just shocking when it comes to being in the right lane, I am that person who goes around ring roads over and over weeping into my steering wheel with frustration!
 'Where am I?!' emergency locator – when you have an unreliable car and need some assistance changing a tyre but don’t know where you are.. not with this nifty locator – yes this has happened!
 The screen mount, it is so easy to handle and I didn’t have the issue of it falling off the windscreen mid-drive as has happened to me before!
Really extensive points of interest which are essential when you are running on fumes, in the middle of nowhere and desperately need a petrol station – again, the voice of experience!
Cons:
-  No journey trip planner with multiple stop off points, which might be an issue for some but I’m more of a point to point driver so it really doesn’t bother me
-  No eco route for the most fuel efficient journey which isn’t great if you are trying to save petrol pennies!
-  No mains charger/USB which means you need to have your sat nav plugged into the cigarette lighter – which I always do anyway so it doesn’t bother me at all. As for the lack of the USB cable, this is more of a hindrance as it means buying this before you can update the software *cough* which I never do *cough*.
All in all for the price, the ease of use and the added functions of Lane Assist and Junction view (which I now struggle to drive without!) I think this is a cracking little gadget and I find driving a lot less stressful now that I have this little guy. My family swear by Garmin because unlike other Sat Navs - who don’t recognise our postcode and direct you to a completely different town 7 miles away – this directs us home safe and sound every time.
Love Lisette x

thankful thursday

Thursday, 3 July 2014

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photos sent to me by friends so unsure of original sources!

Happy Thursday folks and folkettes!
Sorry for the upcoming little rant today but sometimes things really get my goat, cheeses me off, wobbles my jelly, buckets my spade- I’m going off on a tangent here. I've just seen my extortionate bill from EE this month.. £70 queen dollars, can you believe it?! I would be really interested to know what everyone pays for their iPhone contracts because I get minimal and pay through the teeth because EE is the only network to work in my village. I get 100 minutes, unlimited texts, 1GB of data, I’ve been a loyal Orange customer since I was 14, I have a 4S and I normally pay around £45 (although I don't remember the last time my bill was this little!) .. yep.. I’m getting ripped off aren’t I?
Rant over –  this week I am thankful for:
Eggs benedict with my girl Tori at the weekend: so lovely to have a chat and a catch up with this little ray of sunshine – although we haven’t seen each other in an age t’was like we had never been apart
Hitting a golf ball 150 yards… not bad for my first time on the driving range if I do say so! Tiger better watch his back.. in case I accidentally hit him with a golf ball #aimingisaproblem

if this doesn't make you happy/ thankful.. you need to leave. now.
Silly photos of animals.. yes – there is a reason for the photos up yonder. It is because whenever I feel stressed or unhappy (we all have those days) I look at these photos that I keep on my phone because.. well look at them!
Happy mundane – I came across this little turn of phrase on Rosies little slice of internet heaven. It’s about revelling and taking joy in the little ‘ordinary’ parts of daily life with someone – something simple like walking home from the pub or Sunday morning pancakes – it’s just lovely and I'm grateful to be made happy by things so simple and ‘mundane’.
 I often find after a silly rant I shake myself and pull things back into perspective: no one got hurt, no one is unwell and no one is in danger as a result of an unexpected bill. So next time you have a rant.. because realistically it will happen.. Just think does it really matter in the grand scheme of your life? Is there anything I can do to change it? What should I be thankful for instead?
Love Lisette x

lisette loves | lemon drizzle

Sunday, 29 June 2014

lemon drizzle cake 1 lemon drizzle 2

Ingredients |
225g softened unsalted butter
225g caster sugar
225g self raising flour
4 eggs
(this is a basic sponge recipe)
zest of 1 lemon

Drizzle |
1.5 - 2 lemons juiced
85g granulated sugar
handful of sugar cubes














Extra Drizzly Lemon Drizzle.
A failsafe for parties, house warming presents or with a cup of tea on a sunday afternoon here is my foolproof recipe for a yummy, zesty lemon drizzle cake.

- Heat the oven to 180 degrees
- Cream together the butter and sugar
- Add the lightly beaten eggs a little bit at a time
- Sift in the flour, mix until combined
- Add in the lemon zest and mix a little more
- Line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper - I run mine under some water and scrunch up to wring it out - it means it gets in all the corners of the loaf tin
- Pour in the mix and level the top with a spoon
- Bake for 45-50 minutes until golden brown and it passes the skewer test
- Take out of the oven but leave in the tin and prick the cake all over whilst warm, be careful not to press to far into the cake or it will get a bit soggy!
- Mix the lemon juice and sugar and drizzle roughly 1/3 of the mix onto the warm cake (still in the tin)
- Wait to dry a little, roughly crush some sugar cubes and add to the top
- Add the remaining drizzle in two more stages and remove from tin when completely dry - this will give you a really satisfying crunch

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do - I took this cake to a bbq and it lasted all of about 10 minutes before word got around the party that there was drizzle on offer!
Love Lisette x


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longline lovin'

Friday, 27 June 2014

longline lovin
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004 | 005 | 006
Pinterest is absolutely saturated with slender, ombré'd, chic ladies with legs up to my face. Whilst I ain't no leggy meggy I still love the current trend of billowy oversized coats and jackets - finally I am 'on trend' with my ridiculously oversized clothing *air five*. Being a casual 5ft2 makes finding longline items which don't completely swallow me up quite a challenge. If any of you little'uns have any of these I would really like to know what you think of them and which you think would look best on someone lacking in the old height region - I'm currently leaning towards - 004?
Love Lisette x
(yes.. I know they all look the same but they are different textures and weights I promise!)